LAFW-Stefanie ParkinsonWe all love food, but the chefs that have come together to be part of the 5th annual Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival are true artisans. If you are a foodie, buy your tickets NOW!! LAFW starts on Thursday… August 27, and runs through Sunday August 30.

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I have attended this event and I can tell you it is pretty fantastic. Don’t eat for two days before coming…cause you gotta save up some room for all this exquisite cusine.

Los Angeles Food & Wine, produced by Coastal Luxury Management and presented with founding partners FOOD & WINE and Lexus celebrates its 5th anniversary August 27-August 30. Headquartered in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, with main events taking place directly in front of the iconic Walt Disney Concert Hall (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street). The Berkley Foundation is a non-profit organization and the philanthropic arm of Coastal Luxury Management (CLM). Since 2007, CLM has worked towards raising funds and distributing grants to local and regional organizations dedicated to promoting enriched experiences for the youth of California and beyond.

On sale now, tickets for individual events range from $50-$350, with package and VIP options starting at $6LAFW-CurtisStone-201450. Set to feature three-nights and four-days of unrivaled tastings, lunches, seminars, book signings, cooking demonstrations, and special events, showcasing the finest in food and drink culture, marquee events and talent this year will include:

“Ultimate Bites of LA Presented by Lexus” on Thursday, August 27, hosted by Curtis Stone (see image), kicks off the festivities with special guest curator and DJ, Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, spinning live on stage and handpicking several of his favorite culinary mavericks to show off their talents

The festival’s acclaimed Power Lunch Series returns on Friday, August 28, with exclusive chef collaborations taking place at Los Angeles’ premier restaurants across the city including:
– Neal Fraser (Redbird) and Markus Glocker (Bâtard/NYC) at Redbird
– Ray Garcia (Broken Spanish) and Jenn Louis (Lincoln Restaurant/Portland, OR) at Broken Spanish
– Celebrity Chef Elizabeth Falkner, Ben Spungin (Coastal Luxury Management), and Ricky Webster (The Ace Hotel) at The Ace Hotel
– Michael Fiorelli and Rebecca Merhej (Love & Salt) joined by Zack Pollack(Alimento) at Love & Salt
– Nancy Silverton (Mozza) & Mourah Lahlou (Aziza) at Osteria Mozza

“Lexus Grand Avenue Night Market” on Friday evening, August 28, hosted by Tyler Florence, featuring small bites from culinary masters Charles Phan (The Slanted Door), Jet Tila (Pakpao Thai), and Hannah An (The District), among others

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“Lexus Live on Grand featuring The Roots” on Saturday, August 29, featuring tastings from over 30 chefs and 100 wineries. That same night, The Roots will join bandmate Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson on the “Lexus Live on Grand” main stage as the festival’s headlining musical entertainment.

The Lexus Signature Series of events will give festival guests the opportunity to experience three memorable dining events, including:
A Dining Experience with Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi (Thursday, August 27, 7pm-10pm): Lexus has partnered with the creative minds behind New York City’s Spring Street Social Society to present The Lexus Signature Series, A Dining Experience with Lexus Culinary Master Carlo Mirarchi, dedicated to fine food, wine and cocktails—all with some surprising twists. Hosted by Spring Street Social Society founder and Instagram notable @AGuyNamedPatrick, the menu highlights the inventive epicurean style of Mirarchi, the talent and owner behind Brooklyn restaurants Blanca and Roberta’s.

A Supper with Lexus Culinary Master Michael Chiarello (Friday, August 28, 7pm-10pm): This installment in the Lexus Signature Series promises to be a memorable evening with a prolific multicourse dinner prepared by celebrity chef and one of the founding Lexus Culinary Masters, Michael Chiarello.

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The Definitive “Boozy Brunch” with Lexus Culinary Master Michelle Bernstein (Saturday, August 29, 12noon-2pm): For the first time ever, Los Angeles Food & Wine will feature an adventurous and soul-pleasing brunch, curated by Lexus, showcasing Lexus Culinary Master, Michelle Bernstein from Cena by Michy in Miami. As you soak in the L.A. sunshine, be prepared to energize your senses with a brunch experience you won’t soon forget. With hand-crafted cocktails and a live performance from DJ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots, brunch will never be the same.

Just added, the three wine seminars will all be held at Faith & Flower in Downtown Los Angeles, and with extremely limited seating, oenophiles will have intimate one-on-one access to the wine world’s most revered experts as guests taste and learn more about some of the world’s most prestigious wines:
Next Generation Cult Cabernets (Saturday, August 29, 11am-12:15pm): Is cult cab dead? Despite the rough economic waters that have indubitably changed the wine market, purveyors of “perfect” cabernet sauvignon still have a critical role to play on the international stage.

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The World of Super Tuscans (Saturday, August 29, 4:30pm-5:45pm): When a Typical Regional Wine (IGT – Indicazione Geografica Tipica) is of such spectacular quality that the term ‘typical’ just does not fit, enter The SUPER TUSCANS. A Super Tuscan is the final expression of quality and skill of winemaking of a wine producer and his enologist. While a vertical of several vintages of one such wine is a much desired experience, Los Angeles Food & Wine has decided to make this occasion extra special by bringing them ALL to the table at once.

Krug Champagne & Black River Caviar (Sunday, August 30, 11am-12:15pm):
Legendary Champagne Krug paired with a decadent tasting of Black River Caviar. Luxury epitomized, this is THE event to attend for anyone who loves champagne and caviar, its parallel in extravagance.

Set to debut at the festival, Chef Works (ChefWorks.com) will release their new Q3 pieces by outfitting all participating culinary officials. Drawing on the success of the 2014 Urban Collection, the new Chef Works products join an existing collection of stylish aprons, chef coats, and kitchen/front-of-house shirt offerings. The new product line includes over 60 new pieces and features new details such as added pockets, back-of-the-neck apron tabs, 2-way zippers and stretch, mesh panels.

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Please continue to visit LAFW.com for updates and details on full programming of events, chefs, wineries, sommeliers, mixologists, and culinary talent participating at the 5th Annual Los Angeles Food & Wine festival.

TICKETS: Tickets range from $50 – $350 (VIP) and are available to purchase by visiting LAFW.com or by calling 855-433-LAFW (5239)

What: Los Angels Food and Wine Festival
Where: Walt Disney Concert Hall 111 South Grand Ave. (with closures along Grand Avenue, between 1st and 3rd street)
When: Thursday, August 27 through Sunday, August 30, 2015 (See website for event times)
Website: http://www.lafw.com/